Events for Nakba week

Busy week coming up with Nakba day on Friday 15 May. Please note the following events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

  • A lobby of MPs on Wed 13 May – email your MP NOW
  • An online rally on Fri 15 May – register NOW for a great event

 

 

 

WE NEED YOUR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT! Please write to your MP and ask them to attend our online briefing for Palestine next week.

Lobby your MP to attend PSC’s online briefing

Israel is gearing up to follow through on its threat to annex vast areas of Palestinian territory, a move which would have dire consequences. Last week nearly 130 cross-party MPs wrote a letter to Boris Johnson demanding the UK take urgent action. Now is the time to build upon this momentum!

At a period when we cannot physically meet with parliamentarians, we’re working extra hard to ensure Palestinian rights are not ignored. But we need your help! Please send your MP a message – using our template e-action – and let them know Palestine is an important issue in your constituency.

We have prepared an expert panel to brief MPs on the illegality of Israeli settlements, and to push for a complete UK ban on trade with them. You can get your MP to attend the briefing!

Write to your MP

This is just one of the activities we have prepared for Nakba week, with the other being a massive online rally on Friday 15th May starting at 7pm. We’ll be hearing from Palestinian speakers, performers and artists, as well as key figures in the solidarity movement. Register now to join us online!

We’re teaming up with Jewish Voice for Peace, BDS movement, and the South African BDS Coalition to bring this exciting global rally.

Special guests will include:
DAM // JANNA JIHAD // DIANA BUTTU // ROGER WATERS // KEN LOACH // TRIO JOUBRAN // GHADA KARMI // REMI KANAZI // AND MORE!

We hope to see you there too!

James
PSC Campaigns Officer

 

The Great Return March

Since Land Day in March 2018, Palestinians have gone to the separation fence to demand an end to Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza and for the right of return to the homes & land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

Israel has responded to unarmed protestors with live fire.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over 200 demonstrators have been killed and over 8,000 wounded by live fire.

In March 2019 a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Enquiry found,

“the use of lethal force …. was rarely necessary or proportionate. The ISF [Israeli military] violated international human rights law.”

https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoIOPT/A_HRC_40_74.pdf

Many protestors shot by Israeli forces undergo amputations.

Gaza’s healthcare is in crisis after Israel’s 11 year blockade & questions have been raised over the type of ammunition used.

“What is unusual is the lesions and … that the wounds are very wide and the bones can be in many fragments.”

Maria-Elisabeth Ingres, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

What can you do?

  1. Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
  1. Boycott Israeli goods: Support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. https://bdsmovement.net/

Boycott is a traditional, peaceful form of protest. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr & Nelson Mandela all used boycotts.

Women In Hebron, 12 March

Public meeting on Thursday 12 March at 6:30pm at 59 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES.

Speaker Laila Hasan from the Women in Hebron cooperative.

Founded in 2005, Women in Hebron is a Palestinian non-profit fair-trade cooperative that was established as part of the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts’ efforts to supply women in Hebron district with the resources necessary for the women and their families to provide for themselves through the production and sales of Palestinian handicraft items. Having grown from a small table along the main thoroughfare of the market to a permanent fixture in the Old City, the ICA has been able to open a small community center in the village of Idna, where members can gather together for educational and recreational purposes.

Travelling from Hebron specially to speak to the British public, Laila has made an arduous journey traversing Israel’s occupation barriers to be here with us and tell us her story: one of suffering and oppression, but equally rich in hope and vitality. An opportunity to hear about settler violence in the world’s most segregated city and resistance through craft, while helping to support the livelihoods of Palestinian women by browsing their handmade embroidery – this is a talk not to be missed.

Voices of Palestine is PCF’s national campaign to amplify the voices of Palestinians in the UK. We seek to re-centre Palestinians at the heart of their struggle for liberation, giving a platform to Palestinians to champion their own story, articulate their own discourse and reclaim the narrative through a series of events and videos. EUJPS is extremely excited to collaborate with PCF for this event! Click the ticket link to save yourself a spot at the event! We hope to see you on March 12 at the Muslim Welfare House.

Check #VoicesOfPalestine to follow the campaign. www.palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine <http://palestinefoundation.org.uk/campaigns/voices-of-palestine%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>

Massacre in Palestine, 1948 – commemoration 27 Oct

Commemoration of Al Dawayima massacre Palestine, October 1948

1-1:30 pm Sunday 27 October 2019 

Memorial stone – Regent Road Park, EH1 3DG
Regent Rd is a continuation of Princes St at the east end. From Waverley Station the road curves round to the right along the base of Calton Hill. The Park is to be found on your right.

 “As we got up on the roofs … we saw a vast plain stretching eastward … covered by thousands of fleeing Arabs … The machineguns began to chatter & the flight turned into a rout.”
Account from an Israeli soldier present at massacre, quoted by Israeli historian Benny Morris in ‘The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited’ (Cambridge University Press 2004) 

Flight

 

Ethnic Cleansing / access to Water

The event has now taken place but the organisers of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival filmed the talk – https://youtu.be/a_O-tEjMdXw.

 

Water as a tool of ethnic cleansing in Palestine

Dr Eurig Scandrett
Senior Lecturer in Public Sociology at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, previously Head of Community Action at Friends of the Earth Scotland

Thursday 3 October 2019 – 7pm to 9pm

The Dome, Potterrow (5/2 Bristo Place, EH8 9AL)

Dr Eurig Scandrett will argue that Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine has used access to water as a mechanism for the expulsion of the Palestinian population.

“180,000 – 200,000 Palestinians living in rural communities have no access to running water … [they] have no choice but to purchase additional supplies from mobile water tankers at a much higher price.”
Amnesty International, Troubled Waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water.

Part of Edinburgh World Justice Festival

 

 

Concert tour by Palestinian musicians

This concert tour in Scotland is produced by Palmusic UK in partnership with the Scottish Friends of Palestine and Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association. It has also been generously supported by The City of Glasgow, which is officially twinned with Bethlehem since 2007.

Our ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians from Palestine continue their summer tour in Scotland this year over the first weekend of July.

Concert details 

Friday 5 July 1pm Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

Saturday 6 July 3pm St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Sunday 7 July 7.30pm St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1 High Street, Dundee DD1 1TD

Concert entry is free, with donations welcomed.

The musicians

Guest artist and rising star Iyad Sughayer, pianist, will join Omar Saad on viola, Tibah Saad on cello, and Lourdina Baboun on violin for an uplifting programme of Mozart and Mahler piano quartets, and Arabic folk music arranged by the ensemble. Speaking of the programme, Omar says,

“These are celebrated works that we have all wanted to perform for a long time. The folk music is a reflection of our roots that we believe complement the western classical repertoire… With every group you have a different storytelling of the same piece and that is what makes these works great.”

Palmusic is supporting Omar, Tibah and Lourdina with scholarships to study at top British conservatoires. Omar has just completed his master’s degree in music performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (RCS), in Glasgow. His sister, Tibah Saad, is also studying at the RCS with two more years to complete her bachelor of music degree. Lourdina is also a bachelor student of music performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Omar, Tibah and Lourdina have all performed with the Palestine Youth Orchestra at prestigious venues internationally.

Iyad Sughayer is a Jordanian-Palestinian pianist who is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most promising young artists. He completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2018, and returned there in September on the International Artist Diploma course to study with Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo and Graham Scott.

Iyad has received numerous awards including the prestigious Gold Medal Award at Trinity Laban. Winter 2020 will see the release of his debut disc under the BIS Label, featuring the solo works of Aram Khachaturian.

Witch Hunt – film about threat to democracy

Witch Hunt is a film about the attempt to smash the most hopeful movement of our lifetime.

In 2015, while the far right was gaining ground around the world, socialist MP Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the UK Labour Party in a landslide victory. Accusations of antisemitism within the party immediately began to circulate. Well-known anti-racists and left-wing Jews, such as Jackie Walker, were amongst the chief targets.

WitchHunt sets out to investigate the stories and the people behind the headlines, examining the nature of the accusations. Is this a witch hunt, as some claim? If so, who is behind it, and what is the political purpose of such a campaign? Has the media failed in its duty to fairness and accuracy in reporting on such serious allegations?  Through a series of interviews, analysis and witness testimony, WitchHunt explores the connections between the attacks on Labour, the ongoing tragedy of Palestine and the wider struggle against race-based oppression. It argues that if it is to mean anything at all, the fight against racism must  be a shared one that includes all peoples.

To see film online click https://witchhuntfilm.org.

Contact the team at witchhuntfilm1@gmail.com to arrange screenings and discussions.

 

Occupied Hebron: Stories from the Ground

Speaker: Sundus Azza.

Venue: The Melting Pot 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Time: 18:30

Date: Sunday 10 March 2019

Sundus Azza, 25, is an activist from Hebron, Palestine. She lives a few metres away from an illegal Israeli settlement and faces regular harassment from extremist Israeli settlers. Her house has been vandalized and her and her family violently assaulted by settlers as well as soldiers. She has been a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements since 2008, documenting human rights violations as a media and activity organizer. She has a degree in English from Al-Quds Open University in English Language Teaching Methodology. She currently works in the Hebron Governor’s office to attend to the needs of the Old City – the primary target of the Israeli occupation in Hebron. In 2015, her brother was arrested and falsely accused of possessing a knife – he was subsequently released after a DNA test proved him innocent.

Youth Against Settlements is a Palestinian grassroots initiative to promote non-violent community resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Open Shuhada Street campaign is an annual call to end the closures, restrictions, human rights violations, and occupation in the city of Hebron and all of Palestine.

March events

There are a number of events organised in March. These are not listed chronologically, rather grouped according to organisation, mainly in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Throughout the month Edinburgh Action 4 Palestine will be holding  regular Saturday stalls from 11:00-13:00 at the corner of Castle Street and Princes Street,
And on the 24 March  will be holding the monthly Reflections of Justice & Peace, by the Awda Key, Palmerston Place, EH12 5AW , 6:15-6:30 
On Sunday 10 March at 6:30 EA4P are delighted to host Sundus Azza, a Palestinian activist from Hebron, at The Melting Pot. (4th floor, 5 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR) – there is lift access to the meeting room. https://www.facebook.com/events/2268346603438694/?ti=icl
You can also hear Sundus in Glasgow on Monday 11 March, 6.30-8.30. University of Glasgow, University Avenue, G12 8QQ. Hosted by Glasgow University Palestine Society.  https://www.facebook.com/events/801106766905747/?ti=icl
On Saturday 16 March at 7:00 EA4P are holding a Film Night, From Balfour to Banksy: Divisions and Visions in Palestine Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace. Edinburgh. EH1 2JL. https://edinburghaction4palestine.org/2019/02/11/from-balfour-to-banksy-divisions-and-visions-in-palestine/
The event is free, but tickets can be obtained from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-balfour-to-banksy-divisions-and-visions-in-palestine-tickets-55981753933?aff=efbneb&fbclid=IwAR0uELIDRD0RQDqeS1INw3aD7t0Llci3XphGsyl7uGv0sRiNW0k6ulZSv8w
As part of the Palestine Alliance, EA4P are supporting the Scottish demonstration to mark Land Day: Equality, Freedom and Justice for Palestinians, Saturday 30 March, Assemble Foot of the Mound, Princes Street, Edinburgh at 2pm. https://m.facebook.com/events/608760759594953/

 

Also on Land Day, Hadeel (the Palestinian Fair Trade shop in Edinburgh) are holding an evening event: Land, Loss & Longing – A Celebration of Palestinian Culture. Saturday, 30 March from 7-10 pm , at Broughton St Mary’s Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, EH3 6NE.
Tickets & further information from  https://www.hadeel.org/news/land-loss-and-longing-a-celebration-of-palestinian-culture/?fbclid=IwAR2K3_uddoczkg_eaYuyq06Bzri2UA5FT2ktITRhJlG2HvOeg-FlsL3Ep9c

 

On Wednesday 6 March from 6-8pm Hadeel & Zaytoun are co-hosting two Palestinian speakers in the Hadeel shop, 124 George Street, EH2 4JN. The speakers will talk about Fair Trade in Palestine and the challenges local farmers must overcome for their craft.  https://www.hadeel.org/news/fair-trade-evening/?fbclid=IwAR3JkSSHeHVmhyWU2V71sKnYkestLrlS5Gox-oKzY9FoTN9s1mE-JnqFxoo
There are a number of events organised by Zaytoun to mark Fair Trade Fortnight. Check that out on Facebook (you don’t have to be on Facebook to access this)  https://www.facebook.com/ZaytounUK/
The Balfour Project http://www.balfourproject.org/  are holding two events in Scotland in March. The events are free but tickets are available through eventbrite.
Glasgow on Thursday 14 March, 7.30-9.30.  Britain Palestine Israel:The News from Gaza, Dispelling Myths and Telling the Truth.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/britain-palestine-israelthe-news-from-gaza-dispelling-myths-and-telling-the-truth-tickets-55401341905
Edinburgh on Sunday 17 March, 1-6.30  Tragedy in Gaza, Britain’s legacy, Scotland’s role.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tragedy-in-gaza-britains-legacy-scotlands-role-tickets-55146565863